Which Hondas Have a Manual Transmission?

Manual transmissions are declining in availability, but Honda offers three types of Civics for folks who still want a hands-on driving experience.
Written by Kathryn Mae Kurlychek
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
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For 2022, Honda offers three Civic models that are available with manual transmissions. Although options are narrowing, Honda recognizes that some drivers still want the hands-on experience of driving a manual transmission.
  • Honda’s Civic Sport comes optional with a manual transmission, while the Civic Type R and Civic Si are made exclusively with manual transmissions for 2022. 
  • Owning a manual transmission comes with many perks—like less money upfront and in maintenance—but they can be tedious to drive and are getting harder to find.

Does Honda still make a manual?

Honda is still making new cars with manual transmissions for 2022.
Despite the company’s decision to
transition the Accord to an automatic-only
and remove the Fit entirely from the lineup, Honda still makes three Civic models with a manual transmission. For now, at least, Honda seems to acknowledge that the market for stick shifts remains viable.
As the top seller of manual transmissions in 2019, Honda has stated that “manual transmissions will remain an important part of the Honda lineup.”
While this article takes a closer look at Honda’s latest manual models, it’s worth noting that there are a number of older Hondas out there available with a manual transmission. Given Honda’s reputation for dependability, it may be worthwhile to turn your attention to some of the company’s more aged models if you’re open to purchasing a used stick-shift vehicle. 
Below, we break down the manual models Honda is making for the 2022 line-up. 

Honda Civic Sport

Starting price: $23,100
With a 9.5 out of 10 rating and an Editors’ Choice pick by Car and Driver, the 2022 Civic represents a more sophisticated redesign of a perpetually popular car. But if you want a stick-shift Civic, be aware that manual transmission is only offered on the
hatchback model
Base models feature a 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, with an available upgrade to a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that boosts your horsepower up to 180. Stick shift is available with either engine choice.

Honda Civic Type R

Starting price: $38,910
As the fastest Civic model, the
Civic Type R
can easily hold its own among other sport compacts. If you want a manual transmission for the thrill of the drive, this model is a perfect choice. 
In fact, the Civic Type R is only available with a manual transmission—which should please gearbox purists. 
It boasts a turbocharged 306-horsepower, four-cylinder engine that can go from 0-60 mph in an impressive 4.8 seconds. Honda claims it has a top speed of 169 mph, which should make you smile as you work the pedals.

Honda Civic Si

Starting price: $28,315
After its brief discontinuation, the Civic Si is back and better than ever for 2022. Like its more athletic big brother—the Type R—the Civic Si is only available as a manual transmission. 
Its four-cylinder engine brings 200 horsepower, carrying riders from 0-60 mph in just 6.8 seconds. Car and Driver rated the Civic Si model highly, claiming its short-throw shifter makes driving a stick fast and fun. 
If you’re looking for a manual transmission that’s a sweet spot between the basic Civic and the vigorous Type R, this is the one to choose. 

Benefits and drawbacks of a manual transmission

Everything has its pros and cons—and manual transmissions are no exception. Here’s a breakdown of the good and the bad that comes with owning a stick shift:
Pros
Cons
Cars with manual transmissions are generally more affordable to purchase
It can be challenging to find a car with a manual transmission, especially in higher trim levels.
Cars with manual transmissions are generally less expensive to maintain and repair, and less prone to problems (this can also equal lower insurance costs)
It’s harder to learn to drive a stick shift, and you have to find someone to teach you and a car you’re comfortable practicing in.
Stick shifts are fun! Manual transmissions offer an immersive and unique driving experience that’s slowly going out of style.
Hills and stop-and-go traffic can be more difficult with a manual transmission.
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FAQs

People sometimes have strong opinions on this one! Manual transmission cars are generally cheaper to purchase and repair, and if you like to be more engaged with the car you’re driving, a stick shift offers just that. But when it comes to heavy traffic and hilly terrain, a manual transmission can be a bit of a drag.
Generally speaking, Honda models are known for their reliability. While there’s no definitive evidence that Hondas with manual transmissions are more reliable than those with automatics, having a version that’s manual may mean cheaper and less frequent repairs—as manual gearboxes have fewer parts to break and are easier to fix than automatic ones.
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